The Glass Bead Game

The Glass Bead Game

(Magister Ludi)

eBook - 2002
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Set in the 23rd century, "The glass bead game" is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).
Publisher: New York : Picador USA, 2002
Edition: First Picador USA edition
ISBN: 9781466835023
1466835028
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 558 pages)
Additional Contributors: Winston, Richard
Winston, Clara

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I don't know that this is hesse's best, just as Karamazov might not be perceived as the best of that author, but there is a certain sense of culmination to magister ludi. this is magical realism at its finest, before the term was coined. " At the end of the festival Bertram was spared the additional burden of having to receive congratulants and the Board in his capacity of vice-Magister. The traditional celebration for students of the Glass Bead Game was also cancelled. Immediately after the final musical performance of the festival, the Board announced the Magister's death, and the prescribed days of mourning began in the Vicus Lusorum. Joseph Knecht, still residing in the guest house, participated in the rites. The funeral of this fine man, whose memory is still held in fine esteem, was celebrated with Castalia's customary simplicity. His Shadow, Bertram, who had summoned up his last reserves of strength in order to play his part to the end during the festival, understood his situation. He asked for a leave and went on a walking trip in the mountains."

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